Read Touch Online Free - From the author of the acclaimedI Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, a satirical and moving novel in the spirit of Maria Semple and Jess Walter about a New York City trend forecaster who finds herself wanting to overturn her own predictions, move away from technology, and reclaim her heart.
Sloane Jacobsen is the most powerful trend forecaster in the world (she was the foreseer of the swipe ), and global fashion, lifestyle, and tech companies pay to hear her opinions about the future. Her recent forecasts on the family are unwavering: the world is over-populated, and with unemployment, college costs, and food prices all on the rise, having children is an extravagant indulgence.
So it s no surprise when the tech giant Mammoth hires Sloane to lead their groundbreaking annual conference, celebrating the voluntarily childless. But not far into her contract, Sloane begins to sense the undeniable signs of a movement against electronics that will see people embracing compassion, empathy, and in-personism again. She s struggling with the fact that her predictions are hopelessly out of sync with her employer's mission and that her closest personal relationship is with her self-driving car when her partner, the French neo-sensualist Roman Bellard, reveals that he is about to publish an op-ed on the death of penetrative sex a post-sexual treatise that instantly goes viral. Despite the risks to her professional reputation, Sloane is nevertheless convinced that her instincts are the right ones, and goes on a quest to defend real life human interaction, while finally allowing in the love and connectedness she's long been denying herself.
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October 18, 2016
I've heard that this is GREAT.
August 30, 2017
Sloane, the main character in the book, is a trend-forecaster and the best one in the world. The revelations come to her in the form of glimpses, images, emotions and she translates them into predictions. She lives with Roman, her romantic partner of over 10 years but their relationship is depriv...
June 05, 2017
“One of the real problems with the breakdown of interpersonal relations in the digital age is that people don't know how to be intimate anymore.” Courtney Maum takes this unfortunate truth and multiplies it by ten in her satirical novel: Touch. With humor, drama, and emotion, our present-day...
July 20, 2017
You know those condescending articles that Baby Boomers write about how Millennials needs to get their heads out of their phones and enjoy the world around them—as if it's utterly impossible for people to simultaneously adapt to modern technology and live a fulfilling life?
I don't think Courtney...
June 14, 2017
This book belongs on the shelf next to The Circle by Dave Eggars. Taking place the day after tomorrow, when the irresistible lure of the screen is more and more replacing that of human interaction, trend spotter Sloane finds herself more and more disenchanted with the current world until like Sno...
April 03, 2017
As someone who has been wifi & cable free at my home since July, I really enjoyed this satire on the role that technology has taken in our lives.
And yes, I have survived going wifi free, and you can too.
June 24, 2017
This was so interesting! It really challenges the mindset of how depend we are on our cell phones and electronics. I loved the drama and the over-the-top side characters. I really enjoyed this!
May 23, 2017
One of my favorite books of the year. This is a short and rambling review based on the fact that I was traveling, and doesn't fully reflect my admiration for the story!
I LOVED this book. It is an incredibly provocative look at our need for human touch and intimacy and scarily true condemnation of...
April 23, 2017
Those of you who scorn our increasing reliance on digital electronics, this is the book for you. Courtney Maum skewers those who constantly "look down" and the sense of disassociation they suffer, and she does it in ways that will make you think and occasionally laugh.
Sloane Jacobsen has...
February 06, 2017
On page 114 of Courtney Maum's new novel TOUCH, I realized I was thoroughly, irrevocably hooked. The protagonist, Sloane, is a trend forecaster who finds herself in a bind. Does she hail the next hot thing in tech, or find the strength to say what she's slowly realizing is in her heart – the need...